The recession and credit crunch have made cash a strategic asset. While debt and equity financing is still available, these sources of cash have become unreliable and difficult to tap, increasing the importance of operating cash flow.
Optimizing cash flow requires the close scrutiny of incoming and outgoing cash transactions and the implementation of credit, purchasing and strategic decisions that impact cash.
Simply put, maximize cash by spending wisely.
Reduce and Control Expenses
Headcount is a main driver of operating expenses. In good times as well as bad, organizational rightsizing is essential to effective cash management and controlling the company’s “expense burn.” Operating expenses are also strongly influenced by the company’s business model and strategic focus…
Weekly Monitoring of Cash Flow
Another component of effective cash management is the preparation and review of a weekly cash flow statement. This report should show in sufficient detail the items comprising cash receipts (cash sales, A/R collections, etc.) and cash disbursements (payroll, benefits, inventory purchases, etc.) for the current week and projected for the next 4 – 8 weeks…
Cash as a Strategic Asset
There is no question that in these uncertain times, cash and ready access to cash are strategically important and may make the difference between winning and losing. A company that manages its cash well will be in a strong position to weather the downturn and take advantage of the opportunities to strengthen its market share…
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